|HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Game Commission publicly drew by computer the names of 1,435 individuals who each will be awarded one bobcat permit for the upcoming 2008-09 hunting and trapping season. The drawing was held at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Sept. 12.
After a review of the 6,636 applications received for the drawing, the Game Commission disqualified 13 individuals for failing to follow instructions, including mailing in multiple applications and bounced checks.
Of the 6,623 eligible applicants in the drawing, an additional 20 applications were drawn as alternates in case the Bureau of Wildlife Protection declares any of the first 1,435 individuals ineligible during an application review.
Of the 1,435 permits awarded, 47 were awarded to female applicants and 70 were awarded to applicants under the age of 17. As this was the first year in which nonresidents were permitted to apply, one permit was awarded to residents of Rhode Island, Maryland and Ohio.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that preference points played a significant role in determining those drawn. This year, for the first time, 286 individuals who applied were guaranteed a bobcat permit as they had accumulated the maximum number of preference points (six).
According to remaining results, 165 of the 444 individuals with five preference points were selected for a bobcat permit; 220 of the 655 individuals with four preference points were selected; 251 of the 990 individuals with three preference points were selected; 289 of the 1,611 individuals with two preference points were selected; and 224 of the 2,637 individuals with one preference point were selected.
Those selected in the random drawing will receive one permit for no additional charge to either hunt or trap one bobcat in the next few weeks. The hunting season will run from Oct. 25- Feb. 21. The trapping season will run from Oct. 26- Feb. 22.
Top counties for those receiving bobcat permits are: Lancaster (86); Bradford (66); Berks (61); Lycoming (57); and York (52).
Hunting and trapping bobcats is restricted to Wildlife Management Units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4D.